She's With Me

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Seattle Black Feminists discuss Black people and Planned Parenthood

When: Monday, November 2, 5-7pm
Where: Columbia City Branch Library, 4721 Rainier Ave S
Cost: FREE (donations for snacks much appreciated)

From Seattle Black Feminists: There’s a lot going on these days with Planned Parenthood. For decades there’s been heated debates, arguments, and acts of violence toward anyone who was in favor of this entity. To say you #standwithplannedparenthood can get you an endearment or make some folks cringe. With the recent threats to defund this establishment, many argue it will interfere with what many believe is an avenue toward autonomy for women — with the most salient conversation being access to abortion. But is that the largest part of the story?

Black people have a unique history when it comes to it all. This includes reproduction, justice, access to medical ‘care’, screenings, terminating a pregnancy, and with Planned Parenthood specifically. Some Black people stand with Planned Parenthood despite this history, while others castigate this organization because of it, saying at best it’s an oxymoron, and at worst it is a ‘sick irony’ to support the value of Black life, #BlackLivesMatter and Planned Parenthood simultaneously, believing that one contributes to Black genocide and one challenges it. But there are layers of nuance involved in these perspectives. Seattle Black Feminists is holding a community conversation on the complex history of Planned Parenthood and what it means to support or to not support this institution.

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About sheswithmeseattle

She's With Me is the brain child of three feminists who got tired of emailing each other every time they caught wind of a womanist event, so they created a separate space to house their feminist calendar. The benefits would be twofold: fewer emails cluttering up their inboxes, and more people learning about Seattle's growing feminist community. She's With Me aims to be a feminist hub, where all the goings on of different organizations are collected in one place. Our plans for the site include reviews/write-ups of events, interviews with local feminist activists, news updates, and essays, poetry, and art by feminists. The Fourth Wave of Feminism is here, and She's With Me will be the feminist scrap book documenting our herstory as it unfolds.

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